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Schenley Farms: A “Residential Utopia” in Oakland

July 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

$20.00

SPECIAL WALKING TOUR: SCHENLEY FARMS

Thursday, July 25
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

$20.00 per person

This tour is limited to 20 participants.
Tickets will not be available after 11:30 p.m. on July 24.

Purchase a ticket below.

In 1903, Cleveland-born businessman Franklin Felix Nicola, who had moved to Pittsburgh in the mid-1890s, bought the last parcels of Oakland land left by heiress Mary Schenley on her death that year. Part of what he planned for this land was an enclave of high-quality residences; by 1906, he hired several well-regarded local architects to design model houses in various architectural styles. Over the following 15 years, Nicola constructed 96 houses on the flat portion of the site, subject to design guidelines and incorporating innovative features like underground electrical and telephone lines. (Another 39 houses were built on the terrace of land rising from the flat section.) This tour will visit the lower, gridded part of Schenley Farms, which, to this day, rewards pedestrians with multiple charms.

Refreshments follow at the home of a Schenley Farms resident.

Tour meeting point: On the sidewalk outside 4301 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tour ending point: 4301 Bigelow Boulevard

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time in order to ensure that the tour gets underway on time. Dress for the weather (PHLF tours proceed rain or shine!), and wear comfortable shoes. By purchasing a ticket for this tour, you acknowledge that you are physically able to undertake the tour, assume all personal risk during the tour, consent to being photographed during the tour, and permit PHLF to use your image in our communications.

This tour is handicap accessible. Please notify us of your needs two business days in advance of the tour.

Details

Date:
July 25
Time:
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
$20.00
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Website:
www.phlf.org

Organizer

PHLF
Phone
412-471-5808
Email
marylu@phlf.org

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Schenley Farms: A "Residential Utopia" in Oakland
In 1903, Cleveland-born businessman Franklin Felix Nicola, who had moved to Pittsburgh in the mid-1890s, bought the last parcels of Oakland land left by heiress Mary Schenley on her death that year. Part of what he planned for this land was an enclave of high-quality residences; by 1906, he hired several well-regarded local architects to design model houses in various architectural styles. Over the following 15 years, Nicola constructed 96 houses on the flat portion of the site, subject to design guidelines and incorporating innovative features like underground electrical and telephone lines. (Another 39 houses were built on the terrace of land rising from the flat section.) This tour will visit the lower, gridded part of Schenley Farms, which, to this day, rewards pedestrians with multiple charms. Refreshments follow at the home of a Schenley Farms resident.
$ 20.00
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633